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NEW YORK, N.Y. – April 29, 2013 – For the second consecutive year, and only the second time in the 96-year history of the NHL, every Stanley Cup Playoff game will be televised nationally. NBC Sports Group will provide unprecedented access to the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs, which begin tomorrow, in April, May and June, televising as many as 105 playoff games and possibly more than 260 hours of programming. Games will be presented on NBC, NBC Sports Network, CNBC (in primetime), and NHL Network. In addition, more Stanley Cup Playoff games will be live streamed than ever before.

NBC Sports Regional Networks will surround the Blackhawks (Comcast SportsNet Chicago), Bruins (Comcast SportsNet New England), Capitals (Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic), and Sharks (Comcast SportsNet California) with in-depth live-event and/or news coverage. NBCSports.com will provide comprehensive online coverage of the playoffs with online-only video, contributions from Comcast SportsNet insiders, and constant news updates from ProHockeyTalk.

“After a regular season which has seen significant viewership growth across both NBC and NBC Sports Network, we are proud to once again employ all of our assets – broadcast, cable, regional and digital – to surround the Stanley Cup Playoffs for hockey fans,” said Mark Lazarus, Chairman, NBC Sports Group. “During the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs, NBC Sports Group will provide fans and viewers with more live-event, second screen and news coverage than any previous postseason in NHL history.”

NBC SPORTS LIVE EXTRA COVERAGE

NBC Sports Live Extra -- the NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, and tablets -- will stream all Stanley Cup Playoff games that air on NBC, NBC Sports Network, and CNBC, including the Stanley Cup Final for the first time. The vast majority of games will be live streamed via “TV Everywhere,” the media industry’s effort to make quality content available to authenticated customers both in and out of the home and on multiple platforms.

For desktops, NBC Sports Live Extra can be accessed at NBCSports.com/liveextra. The NBC Sports Live Extra app for mobile devices and tablets is available at the App Store for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, and on select Android handset and tablet devices within Google Play.

Games airing on:

  • NBC will live stream to PCs, mobile devices and tablets through NBC Sports Live Extra;
  • NBC Sports Network will live stream to PCs, mobile devices and tablets through NBC Sports Live Extra, and to the digital platforms of participating cable, satellite, and telco services, via “TV Everywhere,” which is available on an authenticated basis to subscribers of participating MVPDs;
  • CNBC will live stream exclusively through NBC Sports Live Extra via “TV Everywhere.”

CONFERENCE QUARTERFINALS

Every first-round playoff game will be televised on a national platform.

In order to televise as many as four games on a given day/night, the NBC Sports Group will utilize NBC, NBC Sports Network, CNBC and the NHL Network to carry Conference Quarterfinal games.

NBC Sports Network will be the primary home of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, offering coverage of one or two games virtually every night of the first round. NBC will present exclusive afternoon coverage during the weekend of May 4-5.

CNBC and NHL Network will also provide live coverage in primetime. Games airing on NBC Sports Network, CNBC and the NHL Network will be subject to local blackouts in the first round.

See below for a complete Conference Quarterfinal schedule.

CONFERENCE SEMIFINALS

NBC Sports Group’s Stanley Cup Playoff exclusivity originates with the Conference Semifinal round. Beginning in the second round and continuing through the Stanley Cup Final, all games will air exclusively on NBC, NBC Sports Network, or CNBC.

NBC Sports Network will serve as the primary home for Conference Semifinal coverage, offering one or two games virtually every night of the second round. When necessary, CNBC will provide live coverage in primetime, although more infrequently than in the first round. NBC will present exclusive afternoon coverage during the weekend of May 18-19, plus a primetime game on Saturday, May 25.

CONFERENCE FINALS

NBC and the NBC Sports Network will team to provide exclusive coverage of the Conference Finals. NBC will broadcast Saturday games on June 1 and June 8. The remaining games from both the Eastern and Western Conference Finals will be televised exclusively on NBC Sports Network.

STANLEY CUP FINAL

For the eighth consecutive year, NBC and NBC Sports Network (formerly VERSUS) will provide exclusive coverage of the Stanley Cup Final. NBC will broadcast Game 1, Game 4, and Games 5-7 (if necessary), with NBC Sports Network televising Games 2-3. Emmy Award-winning play-by-play commentator Mike ‘Doc’ Emrick, analyst Eddie Olczyk and ‘Inside-the-Glass’ analyst Pierre McGuire will call the Stanley Cup Final.

STUDIO COVERAGE

Robust pre-game, post-game and intermission studio programming throughout the 2013 NHL postseason will originate from NBC Sports Group’s new, state-of-the-art International Broadcast Center located in Stamford, Conn., except during the Stanley Cup Final, when the studio will be live from the game sites.

On most weeknights, fans can expect NHL studio programming for games airing on both NBC Sports Network and CNBC, sometimes simultaneously. NHL Live will usually begin one hour prior to game time, with post-game coverage airing immediately after the final game of the night.

On most days, the NHL Live team of Liam McHugh, Mike Milbury, and Keith Jones will man the studio for games airing on NBC and NBC Sports Network, with Bill Patrick and Jeremy Roenick working the studio for CNBC games. Host Russ Thaler and analysts Mike Keenan and Anson Carter form an additional team of studio commentators during the NHL playoffs.

ENCORES

Beginning on Wednesday, May 1 and continuing nearly every morning throughout the playoffs, NBC Sports Network will air encore presentations of the previous night’s NHL Live post-game show, as well as a cut-down version of the most exciting game of the night.

NHL Live post-game encores will air daily at 6 a.m. ET and 8:30 a.m. ET, with the game encore airing from 6:30-8:30 a.m. ET.

COMPREHENSIVE LOCAL COVERAGE

Through the NBC Sports Regional Networks, comprehensive coverage of the Stanley Cup Playoffs will be provided daily via Comcast SportsNet, available in more than 50 million U.S. households and the hometown network for the Chicago Blackhawks, San Jose Sharks, and Washington Capitals. In-depth coverage for those teams advancing to the postseason includes exclusive regional coverage of all first-round games with pre- and post-game shows.

For teams that advance past the first round, NBC Sports Regional Networks will deliver extensive pre- and post-game coverage as well as breaking news and analysis throughout each team’s playoff run.

Comcast SportsNet New England will air special pre- and post-game coverage for all Boston Bruins games throughout the playoffs, as well as in-depth coverage and analysis of the team’s playoff run throughout all CSNNE programming and online at CSNNE.com.

NBCSPORTS.COM

In addition to its live stream coverage via NBC Sports Live Extra, NBCSports.com's ProHockeyTalk, will anchor NBC Sports' online and mobile coverage of the NHL playoffs.

ProHockeyTalk provides unique, informative and entertaining news, commentary and analysis -- updated around the clock -- on all the stories surrounding the NHL playoffs. Other NBCSports.com features will include:

  • PHT Extra, a multiple-times-a-week online-only video segment.
  • Online-only videos featuring NBC Sports and NBC Sports Network hockey commentators previewing upcoming playoff games and wrapping-up all of the NHL action that day.
  • Content provided by Comcast SportsNet NHL insiders.
  • An NHL Playoffs Channel Finder tool that will help fans locate the times and stations for every NHL playoff broadcast.

SOCIAL MEDIA

In addition to broadcast, cable, regional and digital platforms, NBC Sports Group will connect with NHL fans via numerous social media initiatives, including social integration, on-air integration and news:

  • Social Integration:
    • Social Stanley Cup Playoffs Schedule:
      • Fans that come to the Stanley Cup Playoffs Schedule page on NBCSports.com/NHLonNBC will not only be able to see the weekly schedule updates, but also dive into a deep playoffs photo experience. Fans can upload photos showing their playoff team spirit directly to NBCSports.com or through team specific hashtags. Fans can vote on their favorite pictures and see the best of photos from the NHL and the teams using #StanleyCup. The best fan photos from this experience will be featured on-air during NBC and NBC Sports Network games.
    • #StanleyCup: NHL Fans can join the conversation by using the #StanleyCup hash tag across every game of the Stanley Cup Playoffs
    • NHL on NBC Sports Instagram: NHL fans can upload photos to Instagram and use #StanleyCup. The NHL on NBC Sports Instagram account will feature the best fan photos round by round.
    • Live Twitter Chats: Fans will have the opportunity to have live Twitter chats with NHL and NBC Sports personalities and commentators throughout the playoffs
  • On-Air Integration:
  • Playoff Polls: Fans can weigh in on a variety of NHL themed polls on Facebook and Twitter that commentators will discuss throughout the broadcasts.
  • #MVPonNBC – During pre-game, post-game and in-game coverage, fans can tweet who they think the #MVPonNBC is. Commentators will discuss the fan favorites and weigh in with their own opinions.
  • Fans can engage with Twitter (@NHLonNBCSports) and Facebook (facebook.com/NHLonNBCSports) to receive the most up to date tune-in information, scores, reports and stories from around the NHL and ProHockeyTalk.
  • News:

CONFERENCE QUARTERFINAL SCHEDULE

Coverage of the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs begins tomorrow night with Conference Quarterfinal action at 8 p.m. ET when the Chicago Blackhawks (1) host the Minnesota Wild (8) on NBC Sports Network and the St. Louis Blues (4) host the defending Stanley Cup Champion Los Angeles Kings (5) on CNBC. Only the first four games of each series have been scheduled thus far.

Following is the current Conference Quarterfinal schedule (all times ET):

Tuesday, April 30

   

8 p.m.

Minnesota (8) @ Chicago (1)

NBCSN

8 p.m.

Los Angeles (5) @ St. Louis (4)

CNBC

10:30 p.m.

Detroit (7) @ Anaheim (2)

NBCSN

Wednesday, May 1

   

7 p.m.

Toronto (5) @ Boston (4)

CNBC

7:30 p.m.

N.Y. Islanders (8) @ Pittsburgh (1)

NBCSN

10:30 p.m.

San Jose (6) @ Vancouver (3)

NBCSN

Thursday, May 2

   

7 p.m.

Ottawa (7) @ Montreal (2)

CNBC

7:30 p.m.

N.Y. Rangers (6) @ Washington (3)

NBCSN

9:30 p.m.

Los Angeles (5) @ St. Louis (4)

CNBC

10 p.m.

Detroit (7) @ Anaheim (2)

NBCSN

Friday, May 3

   

7 p.m.

N.Y. Islanders (8) @ Pittsburgh (1)

NBCSN

7 p.m.

Ottawa (7) @ Montreal (2)

CNBC

9:30 p.m.

Minnesota (8) @ Chicago (1)

NBCSN

10 p.m.

San Jose (6) @ Vancouver (3)

CNBC

Saturday, May 4

   

12:30 p.m.

N.Y. Rangers (6) @ Washington (3)

NBC

7 p.m.

Toronto (5) @ Boston (4)

CNBC

7:30 p.m.

Anaheim (2) @ Detroit (7)

NBCSN

10 p.m.

St. Louis (4) @ Los Angeles (5)

NBCSN

Sunday, May 5

   

Noon

Pittsburgh (1) @ N.Y. Islanders (8)

NBC

3 p.m.

Chicago (1) @ Minnesota (8)

NBC

7 p.m.

Montreal (2) @ Ottawa (7)

NBCSN

10 p.m.

Vancouver (3) @ San Jose (6)

NBCSN

Monday, May 6

   

7 p.m.

Boston (4) @ Toronto (5)

NHL Network

7:30 p.m.

Washington (3) @ N.Y. Rangers (6)

NBCSN

8 p.m.

Anaheim (2) @ Detroit (7)

CNBC

10 p.m.

St. Louis (4) @ Los Angeles (5)

NBCSN

Tuesday, May 7

   

7 p.m.

Pittsburgh (1) @ N.Y. Islanders (8)

NBCSN

7 p.m.

Montreal (2) @ Ottawa (7)

CNBC

9:30 p.m.

Chicago (1) @ Minnesota (8)

NBCSN

10 p.m.

Vancouver (3) @ San Jose (6)

CNBC

Wednesday, May 8

   

7 p.m.

Boston (4) @ Toronto (5)

NHL Network

7:30 p.m.

Washington (3) @ N.Y. Rangers (6)

NBCSN

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I haven’t looked ahead on my program guide, but doe this mean that there will be no games shown on the NHL Centre Ice package, where for many games there was a choice of which feed you could view?

Posted by Cubanpuckstopper on 04/29/13 at 09:59 AM ET

hockeychic's avatar

Yes, no more games on Center Ice.  Playoffs all move to NBC stations.

Posted by hockeychic from Denver, CO on 04/29/13 at 10:08 AM ET

Mistercristo's avatar

Groug?  What would Peorge Malik say about this?  I kid.  grin  Love ya, Paul.

Posted by Mistercristo from Cameron Frye's garage, circa 1987 on 04/29/13 at 12:31 PM ET

Paul's avatar

Mistercristo, thanks, didn’t even catch that.  Busy day.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 04/29/13 at 12:44 PM ET

NHLJeff's avatar

I’m traveling right now and am at a hotel in Kentucky that does not have NBCSN.  I wasn’t worried about it because I remembered they were streaming all of the games.  Unfortunately, when I go to the NBC Sports site and login to my Comcast account, it says the game is blacked out in my area.  I live in Chicago and am trying to watch the Blackhawks game, so I was thinking it was because it is on local Chicago TV (which is still annoying since they could easily tell I’m not in Chicago at the moment.  I tried logging in with a friend’s account who is not from Chicago and thought that would solve the issue….still saying it is blacked out.  I am incredibly frustrated and upset.  I doubt anyone will see this comment anytime soon, but if so, any suggestions?  Thanks.

Posted by NHLJeff from Pens fan in Chicago, IL on 04/30/13 at 07:13 PM ET

Paul's avatar

NHLJ. http://www.firstrow1.eu/watch/184113/2/watch-chicago-blackhawks-vs-minnesota-wild.html

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 04/30/13 at 07:16 PM ET

NHLJeff's avatar

I completely forgot about that site.  Thank you!

Posted by NHLJeff from Pens fan in Chicago, IL on 04/30/13 at 07:22 PM ET

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